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Tall Clock

Maker:
Charles Rohlfs (American, Brooklyn, New York 1853–1936 Buffalo, New York)
Date:
ca. 1900
Geography:
Made in Buffalo, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Oak, copper
Dimensions:
81 x 19 1/8 x 9 in. (205.7 x 48.6 x 22.9 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Roland Rohlfs, 1985
Accession Number:
1985.261a–e
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 744
Charles Rohlfs, whose workshop opened in 1898, made furniture concerned with style, form, hand carving, and ornament. This oak and copper clock was designed for Rohlf's own home. Perhaps because he was not a commercially successful designer (he left behind a relatively small output), he was unrestrained in his design choices. This clock has affinities to contemporary Central European design, particularly a tall clock by German designer Richard Riemerschmid. Rohlfs exhibited furniture at the 1902 Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte Decorativa Moderna in Turin, which brought him new prestige and commissions.
Inscription: inscribed inside door: [illuminated letter R, the Rohlf's mark]
Charles Rohlfs, Buffalo, New York; his son, Roland Rohlfs, Manhasset, New York, until died 1974; his wife, Mary Alice Rohlfs, Manhasset, New York, 1974–1985
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